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The Global Times | March 6, 2014 | Source: The Global Times

By virtue of its position, the South China Sea forms part of a vital route for maritime trade and transport for East Asian and Southeast Asian countries and their trading partners in Asia, Africa and beyond, which gives this area great geopolitical significance. Therefore, disputes over regional control and influence among the littoral states are bound to arise.

Andy Ho | March 2, 2014 | Source: The Star Online

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Carl Thayer | February 28, 2014 | Source: The Diplomat

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Vanessa Lucas and Azadeh Shahshahani | February 18, 2014 | Source: FPIF

On December 10, Filipinos held rallies in key cities around the country to commemorate Human Rights Day and blast the administration of Benigno Aquino III for the country’s dismal human rights situation.

Millions of Filipinos fell victim to Typhoon Haiyan (also known as Typhoon Yolanda). The affected regions already faced immense poverty. Supporting these victims is a daunting task that has not been made any easier by the Aquino administration’s crackdown on human rights defenders that serve these communities.

Zachary Keck | February 12, 2014 | Source: The Diplomat

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Julian Ku | February 6, 2014 | Source: Opinio Juris

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Wu Shicun | January 14, 2014 | Source: Global Times

Since China established its Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, speculation around it has never ended. Some foreign media outlets have been trying to dig out further information and they believe China would establish another ADIZ in the South China Sea very soon.

Nazery Khalid | December 10, 2013

Bila gajah sama gajah berjuang, pelanduk mati di tengah-tengah (Malay proverb)

When two elephants fight, the mousedeer dies in the middle

The recently concluded 21st APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting (APEC) in Bali and East Asia Summit (EAS) in Brunei are being remembered more for who did not turn up than who did and what was discussed.

This is not without a good reason. The biggest absentee happened to be the person often described as the world’s most powerful, the President of the United States (US).


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